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Rhode Island History Digital Collection

The John Carter Brown Library and the Redwood Library and Athenaeum are Rhode Island institutions with distinct, but complementary, collections. To lay the foundation for a Rhode Island History Digital Collection the two libraries are collaborating on a project to scan the unique documents representing the earliest chapters of the region.

The Redwood Library holds some unique manuscript records of early Rhode Island and the John Carter Brown Library holds seminal works by Roger Williams, Rhode Island's founder and innovator, as well as materials relating to religion, native peoples, conflicts with native peoples and the British government, boundary issues, business, daily life, and education. THE REDWOOD LIBRARY AND ATHENAEUM is one of the first lending libraries in America, housed in the oldest lending library building in the country. Founded in 1747 by forty-six proprietors upon the principle of "having nothing in view but the good of mankind," its mission continues over 265 years later. The Library's core collections include the original collection of 1522 volumes gathered by the first proprietors and printed materials related to the history of Newport and Aquidneck Island that far exceed the collecting scope of any other regional cultural institution.

THE JOHN CARTER BROWN LIBRARY is an independently administered and funded center for advanced research in history and the humanities, founded in 1846 and located at Brown University since 1901. Housed within the library's walls is an internationally renowned collection of primary historical sources pertaining to North and South America from the time of its discovery by Europeans (ca. 1492) until the end of the colonial period (ca. 1825).

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Adams, John, 1735-1826
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Bowen, Abel C., 1790-1850
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hazard, thomas benjamin, 1756-1845.
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The Redwood Library and Athenaeum is one of the first lending libraries in America, housed in the oldest lending library building in the country. Founded in 1747 by forty-six proprietors upon the principle of "having nothing in view but the good of mankind," its mission continues over 265 years later. The Library's core collections include the original collection of 1522 volumes gathered by the first proprietors and printed materials related to the history of Newport and Aquidneck...
Statement of responsibility and place of publication from Alden
Topics: Cotton, John, 1584-1652, Liberty of conscience, Freedom of religion, Imprint 1644
[From chapter headings] Of salutation -- Of eating and entertainment -- Concerning sleepe and lodging -- Of their names -- Of their relations of consanguinitie and affinitie, or, blood and marriage -- Of the family and businesse of the house -- Of their persons and parts of body -- Of discourse and newes -- Of the time of the day -- Of the season of the yeere -- Of travell -- Concerning the heavens and heavenly lights -- Of the weather -- Of the winds -- Of fowle -- Of the earth, and the fruits...
Topics: Indians of North America, Indians of North America, Indians of North America, Indians of North...
Attributed to Thomas Paine by the DAB
Topics: Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. Meeting for Sufferings, Political...
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George C. Mason produced six known "Extra Illustrated" unique editions of his published book, Reminiscences of Newport. There are original manuscripts and engravings carefully interspersed and bound in with the text, sometimes illustrative of the text they accompany, sometimes seemingly unrelated to the text but relevant to the history of Newport, R.I. 1 v.; ill., ports., 23 cm. Contains extensive additional portraits seemingly removed from other publications. Contains a political...
Topics: Newport (R.I.) – History, Newport (R.I.) -- Social life and customs, Newport (R.I.) -- Pictoral...
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by Massachusetts. Militia. Col. John Jacobs' Regiment.
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Manuscript ; 1 v. (74 leaves), bound; 33 cm. Covers time period of 27 May 1778-16 December 1778. Final 19 leaves contain charts of the weekly returns of the regiment. A mix of regimental orders, brigade orders and generals' orders taken at headquarters in Swansey (Swansea), Mass., Providence and Portsmouth, R.I. covering the time period of the Battle of Rhode Island. Also from stations at Tiverton, R.I., Little Compton, R.I., Camp Freetown (Mass.). Records orders from General Cornell, General...
Topics: Massachusetts. Militia. -- Order-books., Rhode Island, Battle of, R.I., 1778., Quaker Hill, Battle...
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by Church, Benjamin, 1639-1718; Church, Thomas, 1674-1746; Stiles, Ezra, 1727-1795. Life of Colonel Church; Burgess, Ebenezer. fmo RPJCB; Stevens, John. fmo RPJCB; Stevens, Philip. fmo RPJCB; Brown University. Library. fmo RPJCB; Newport Mechanics and Apprentices Library. fmo RPJCB
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First printed under title: Entertaining passages relating to Philip's War which began in the month of June, 1675, Boston, 1716
Topics: King Philip's War, 1675-1676, Imprint 1772
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George C. Mason produced six known unique "Extra Illustrated" editions of his published book, Reminiscences of Newport. There are original manuscripts and engravings carefully interspersed and bound in with the text, sometimes illustrative of the text they accompany, sometimes seemingly unrelated to the text but relevant to the history of Newport, R.I. 1 of 2 vols., ill., ports.,23 cm. Edition A: "Extra Illustrated by Goodspeed, Boston." Contains extensive additional...
Topics: Newport (R.I.) -- History, Newport (R.I.) -- Social life and customs, Newport (R.I.) -- Pictoral...
Cambridge [Mass.]: : Printed by S.G. and M.J. [i.e, Samuel Green and Marmaduke Johnson] for John Usher of Boston., 1669. [12], 198, [10] p.; 18 cm. (4to). Signatures: A⁴ a² B-2D⁴. Error in paging: p. 96 misnumbered 69. Dedicated to Thomas Prince, governor, and to the magistrates of New Plymouth. "To the reader" signed: John Higginson. Thomas Thacher. March 26. 1669. "A brief chronological table, of the principall passages contained in New Englands memoriall."--[10] p....
Topics: Massachusetts -- History -- New Plymouth, 1620-1691., New England -- History -- Colonial period,...
Place of publication from Wing
Topics: Williams, Roger, 1604?-1683, Quakers
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George C. Mason produced six known "Extra Illustrated" unique editions of his published book, Reminiscences of Newport. There are original manuscripts and engravings carefully interspersed and bound in with the text, sometimes illustrative of the text they accompany, sometimes seemingly unrelated to the text but relevant to the history of Newport, R.I. 1 v. ; ill., ports., 23 cm. Contains extensive additional portraits seemingly removed from other publications. Includes: List of the...
Topics: Newport (R.I.) -- History, Newport (R.I.) -- Social life and customs, Newport (R.I.) -- Pictoral...
Place of publication from Wing
Topics: Williams, Roger, 1604?-1683, Quakers
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George C. Mason produced six known "Extra Illustrated" unique editions of his published book, Reminiscences of Newport. There are original manuscripts and engravings carefully interspersed and bound in with the text, sometimes illustrative of the text they accompany, sometimes seemingly unrelated to the text but relevant to the history of Newport, R.I. 1 v. ; ill., ports., 23 cm. Includes: Manuscript list of sick aboard the Frigate General Greene. Red cloth binding with gold stamping....
Topics: Newport (R.I.) – History, Newport (R.I.) -- Social life and customs, Newport (R.I.) -- Pictoral...
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by Hazard, Thomas Benjamin, 1756-1845.
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28 v., 12-25 cm., 3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.) Diaries for 1778-1800, incomplete, constitute 15 volumes at 12 cm. Diaries for 1804-1840 constitute 13 volumes ranging from 20-25 cm. Location and/or existence of journals for 1802 and 1803 unconfirmed. Original journals for 1787, 1788 and 1801 located at Newport Historical Society. Original journal for 1789 located at Rhode Island Historical Society. Diaries of an average working man in the area locally known as "South County" Rhode Island....
Topics: Hazard Family., Vital records -- Rhode Island -- North Kingstown -- Sources., Quakers -- Rhode...
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Topic: Imprint 1776
Source: folio
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by Miantonomo, Sachem of the Narragansetts, -1643; Holden, Randall, 1612-1692; Greene, John, 1606-approximately 1695; Gorton, Samuel, 1592 or 1593-1677; Waterman, Richard, approximately 1590-1673
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Ms. codex
Topics: Narragansett Indians, Deeds, Land titles, Manuscripts, Imprint 1642
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Manuscript ; [43] leaves, bound ; 19 cm. In ink on front cover: S. Ward - Dec. 1792-. Bound in vellum with envelope flap and tab, 19 x 12 cm. Diary and account book. [43] leaves are contained in the bound manuscript, of which the first 14 contain the diary, the following 19 are blank, and the final 10 contain the author's financial accounts, written upside down to the diary. Samuel Ward, Jr., son of Continental Congress delegate Samuel Ward (1725-1776), travelled to Paris from London on Dec....
Topics: Constable, William, 1752-1803., Morris, Gouverneur, 1752-1816., Louis XVI, King of France,...
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Manuscript ; [15] leaves, sewn ; 26 cm. Journal dated: Newport, September 2nd, 1778. Mrs. Mary Almy's account, for her husband Captain Benjamin Almy, of the cannonading of the French Fleet led by Comte De Estaing in Newport, R.I., commencing July 29, ending August 24, 1778. Newport was occupied by the British Army from fall 1776 until October 1779. Inscribed on verso of last page: "Sukey for your life take care of this and let no eyes peruse it but your and Mrs. Carr." Sukey was her...
Topics: France. Marine. -- Rhode Island -- 1778., Rhode Island, Battle of, R.I., 1778., Women and war --...
Acts and laws of His Majesties Colony of Rhode-Island, and Providence - Plantations in America. Boston, in New-England: Printed by John Allen, for Nicholas Boone, at the sign of the Bible in Cornhill, 1179. [i.e. 1719], has special title page, separate paging, and continuous signatures
Topics: Law, Imprint 1719
Two variants exist of this edition. In the first, p.42 has catchword "ction"; on p. 90 last word first line is "dis-". In the second, p. 42 has catchword "ctioin"; on p. 90 last word first line is "dsi-"
Topics: Narragansett Indians, Imprint 1646
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Topic: Imprint 1764
Dedicated to Stephen Hopkins
Topics: Astronomy, Imprint 1769
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Topic: Imprint 1776
Source: folio
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by Easton, James C. (James Coggeshall), 1803-1861.
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Manuscript ; [1, 131, 1] leaves, bound ; 42 cm. Accounts run from 1 January 1835 to 19 November 1860. Son of Capt. James Coggeshall Easton (1772-1831) and Mary Ann "Nancy" Spooner, James C. Easton was a Newport R. I. merchant and craftsman. The core of his business was making and mending shoes and boots but that was supplemented with a range of goods for sale including turnips, corn, potatoes, carrots, onions, squash, beans, cabbage, butter, leather and oil. He sold loads of seaweed...
Topics: Easton Family., Easton
Signed on p. 8: Pro-Patria
Topics: Great Britain, Imprint 1766
Signed on p. 17: Candidus. December 10, 1787
Topic: Imprint 1788
Signatures: [A]⁴ B⁴ C² (C2 verso blank)
Topics: Ten commandments, Sephardim, Sermons, Luce grant, Imprint 1773
Ms. codex
Topics: United States. Continental Army, Manuscripts, Imprint 1780
John Carter Brown Library copy acquired from the estate of : N. David Barry Scotti
Topics: Brown, William J., 1814-1885, African Americans
Manuscript ; [4] p., [5] p.; 31 cm. Anonymous manuscript letter written to Misters Edes and Gill, printers of the Boston Gazette and dated Newport July 21st, 1769. At head of letter: "Please to insert the following in your next Gazette and you'll oblige." The letter was not published in the Boston Gazette. Cite as: An Account of the Destruction of the British armed Sloop "Liberty" at Newport, Rhode Island, 1769. RLC.Ms.Bound.0017. Redwood Library and Athenaeum. Gift of...
Topics: Packwood, Joseph., Reid, William., Liberty (sloop)., Edes and Gill., Customs administration --...
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by Rhode Island; Rhode Island. General Assembly; Providence (R.I.). fmo RIBRL
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Ms. broadside
Topics: Indians, Treatment of, Indians of North America, Law, Session laws, Manuscripts, Imprint 1681
Rhode Island History Digital Collection
by Chastellux, François Jean, marquis de, 1734-1788; Lasalette, Félix de. fmo RPJCB
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Authorship from Echeverria & Wilkie
Topic: Imprint 1781
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by Providence Society for Abolishing the Slave-Trade; Rhode Island. General Assembly; Massachusetts. General Court; Connecticut. General Assembly; Rhode Island. Act prohibiting the importation of Negroes into this colony; Rhode Island. Act prohibiting slaves being sold out of the state against their consent; Rhode Island. Act authorizing the manumission of Negroes, mulatoes and others, and for the gradual abolition of slavery; Rhode Island. Act to prevent the slave-trade, and to encourage te abolition of slavery; Massachusetts. Act to prevent the slave-trade, and for granting relief to the families of such unhappy persons as may be kidnapped or decoyed away from this Commonwealth; Connecticut. Act to prevent the slave-trade; Federal Adelphi Society. fmo RIBRL
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"Constitution": p. [3]-6
Topics: Providence Society for Abolishing the Slave-Trade, Antislavery movements, Slaves, Imprint 1789
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by Engs, William, active 1741-1756
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Ms. codex
Topics: Account books, Merchant mariners, Manuscripts, Imprint 1741, Imprint 1756
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by Malbone, Godfrey, 1724-1785.
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Manuscript ; 0.01 linear feet; (1 folder). This collection contains a printed oath filled in and signed at the Custom House at Newport, Rhode Island certifying that Godfrey Malbone (1724-1785) and his brother John (1735-1795) were the owners of the brig Catherine. Cite as: Godfrey Malbone oath, RLC.Ms.552, Redwood Library and Athenaeum. Funding for processing and cataloging this collection was provided by the van Beuren Charitable Foundation. Gift of Mrs. Reginald B. Lanier, 1962.
Topics: Wanton, Joseph, 1705-1780., Hopkins, Stephen, 1707-1785., Malbone, John, 1735-1795., Duprey, John.,...
Place of publication from Church
Topic: Quakers
Evans 31062; Alden, J.E. Rhode Island, 1479; Rink, E. Technical Americana, 1755
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Manuscript ; 43 l., [4 l.], 33 l. [14 l.]; 47 cm. Generally organized by letter alphabetically of the name of "reputed owner" but not necessarily alphabetical within each letter. Schedule E contains notes of specific industries including wharves, mills, distilleries, rope walks, tan yards and the schoolhouse. Signed on verso of p. 33 of Schedule E: ...Robert Stevens, Principal Assessor. Laid paper holds watermark of J. Honig and Zoonen, De Vergulde Bijenkopf (The Gilded Beehive) Mill,...
Topics: Taxation -- Rhode Island -- Newport., Finance -- Rhode Island -- Newport., Taxation of personal...
Source: folio
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by Hazard, Thomas Benjamin, 1756-1845.
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by Bowen, Ephraim, 1753-; Greene, Daniel, 1793-1850. fmo RIBRL
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Topics: Bowen, Ephraim, 1753-, Gaspee (Schooner), Broadsides, etc, Imprint 1839
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by Rhode Island. Inferior Court of Common Pleas (Newport County).
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Manuscript ; 1 v., 12 leaves ; 33 cm. "From November 1754 to November 1756" Collection consists of one sewn volume of court records; 12 folded manuscript copies of court decisions and one folded receipt of Jahleel Brenton Esq. to Ebenezer Allen for mending a bridle and for a hunting saddle. Opening court: The honorable Edward Scott, Esq., Chief Justice; the honorable Peter Bours, Esq., Justice; the honorable Daniel Gould, Esq., Justice; the honorable William Anthony Esq., Justice....
Topics: Courts -- Rhode Island -- Newport County., Court records -- Rhode Island -- Newport County. Court...
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Manuscript ; 1 leaf : vellum, seal ; 55 x 67 cm. Ruled for 1 column and text block of 38 lines; justified 39 x 62 cm. Initials and penwork in text. Indenture between Henry Collins, merchant, and Abraham Redwood for the land for the Redwood Library Company. Signed by Henry Collins with his seal in red wax. Witnessed by Samuel Engs and Gideon Sisson. Accepted by Daniel Coggeshall, Assist, June 17th 1748. First line: This Indenture made the Ninth day of June in the Twenty first Year of the Reign...
Topics: Redwood, Abraham, 1709 or 1710-1788., Collins, Henry., Engs, Samuel., Sisson, Gideon., Coddington,...
Ms. codex
Topics: Lawrence, Jonathan, 1737-1812, Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804, Estaing, Charles Henri, comte d',...
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by Hazard, Thomas Benjamin, 1756-1845.
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by Hazard, Thomas Benjamin, 1756-1845.
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by Hazard, Thomas Benjamin, 1756-1845.
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by Hazard, Thomas Benjamin, 1756-1845.
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by Hazard, Thomas Benjamin, 1756-1845.
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by Hazard, Thomas Benjamin, 1756-1845.
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by Hazard, Thomas Benjamin, 1756-1845.
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by Hazard, Thomas Benjamin, 1756-1845.
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Parentheses substituted for square brackets enclosing asterisk in title transcription
Topics: Providence Library Company, Providence Library Company, Proprietary libraries, Library circulation...
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by Hazard, Thomas Benjamin, 1756-1845.
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by Hazard, Thomas Benjamin, 1756-1845.
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by Hazard, Thomas Benjamin, 1756-1845.
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by Harrison, Peter, 1716-1775.
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Manuscript ; 0.02 linear feet; (1 oversize folder). Peter Harrison (1716-1775), was a ship master before beginning his career as a prominent architect in the American colonies. This collection consists of a printed agreement by Captain Peter Harrison on November 15, 1740, for John Freebody to send thirty-eight Spanish pisstoly [sic] of gold to Mrs. Susanah Harriss of London, England, on the Ship Leathly. Cite as: Peter Harrison shipping agreement, RLC.Ms.553, Redwood Library and Athenaeum....
Topics: Freebody, John., Harriss, Susanah., Leathly (Ship)., Shipping -- Rhode Island -- Newport --...
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by Hazard, Thomas Benjamin, 1756-1845.
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by Hazard, Thomas Benjamin, 1756-1845.
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by Hazard, Thomas Benjamin, 1756-1845.
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by Hazard, Thomas Benjamin, 1756-1845.
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by Hazard, Thomas Benjamin, 1756-1845.
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by Hazard, Thomas Benjamin, 1756-1845.
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by Hazard, Thomas Benjamin, 1756-1845.
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by France; Estaing, Charles Henri, comte d', 1729-1794; France. Sovereign (1774-1792 : Louis XVI)
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Topic: Imprint 1778
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by Hazard, Thomas Benjamin, 1756-1845.
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by Hazard, Thomas Benjamin, 1756-1845.
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by Hazard, Thomas Benjamin, 1756-1845.
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by Wanton, Gideon, 1693-1767.
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Redwood Library Company charter granted to Abraham Redwood signed by Governor Gideon Wanton with notarial act with signature of witness, Thomas Ward, Secretary of State.;vellum, seal, ill. ; 60 x 75 cm.;Bearing a paper and wax seal of the Colony of Rhode Island (9 cm. diameter).;Ruled for 1 column and text block of 36 lines; justified 33 x 66 cm. Initials and penwork in text.;Cite as: Charter of the Redwood Library Company, 1747. RLC.Ms.0001. Redwood Library and Athenaeum.
Topics: Redwood Library and Athenaeum. -- Charters, grants, privileges., Redwood Library Company. --...
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by Hazard, Thomas Benjamin, 1756-1845.
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by Hazard, Thomas Benjamin, 1756-1845.
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